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August 18 - September 19, 2015
Rich Solberg, Joe Lukach & Ben Wilson Exhibition -
Man Works! Metal, Wood, & Clay
Rich Solberg has been creating metal art for over five decades, often using “blacksmith” tools like the forge and anvil. His work is owned by collectors from many states and several foreign countries. Much of the work is created from repurposed metal, farm and oilfield scrap, often donated by friends and from the flood of 2011.
“If I can take some old tool or scrap metal and turn it into a work of art or conversation piece, instead of being melted down and turned into a toaster, I have been successful. Hopefully, these pieces will be enjoyed for generations to come.”
A special thank you to the following friends for their generous donations of repurposed metal: Rand Olson, Gary Bryans, Tom Uleberg, Gary Volk,
Ken and Jo Keierleber, Gerry and Lucy Solberg, and Alan Estvold.
Joe Lukach, a North Dakota farm boy, has had an interest in wood in various ways since he was a child. His mother, a painter and carver, sparked his
interest early on. This interest grew into turning wood, which was nurtured in “The Mark Keilpinski Wood Barn,” his mentor’s turning barn in Mandan. He has been actively turning wood for the past six years. Lukach is most interested in rustic woods native to North Dakota. A philosophy of not harming live trees and preserving their beauty, he prefers working with woods that have been attacked by weather and insects and have been doomed to become firewood. It’s the naturally occurring variations such as burling, curling grain, spalting, staining, veining, and insect damage that create the character that makes each woodturning project unique.
Lukach’s one-of-a-kind pieces range from bowls, to hollowed forms, such as vases and spoons. Because wood has a beauty that only tree growth and nature can provide, he uses his creative eye and ever-expanding knowledge of wood to show its artistic beauty as well as its functionality. Lukach makes his home in Minot as a retired educator.
Ben Wilson is a Surrey native pursuing a degree in Chemistry from Minot State University. Ben took the Foundations Ceramics course as an elective, enjoyed it, and has just kept going ever since. All pieces for this exhibition were completed this summer during his on-going Advanced Independent Study course. Ben said that his Chemistry background does not give him a leg up in the glazing process, but he is constantly making and trying his own glazes. Ben’s pieces are traditional forms as well as functional. The surface treatments of his pots are very unique and engaging with pattern and texture.
Ben likes the full range of ceramics from High Fire Cone 10 to low fire methods; such as pit fired pieces, which were fired in a pit he dug for that purpose, in his Mom’s backyard. Ben assists in the ceramic lab during MSU Open Studio nights. He states, “I enjoy helping people that want to be helped.” This is Ben’s first exhibition with the Taube Museum of Art. Prior exhibitions include the MSU Annual Student Art Show and the Ceramic Exhibitions in the MSU Library. Ben also participated in Artfest for the first time in 2014.
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